Bridal Styles for Curvy Brides

by Ashton Cude

This week our bridal styles series concludes with tips for curvy brides. You won’t see photos of me in dresses to demonstrate these styles, because the Good Lord did not bless me in the curves department. However, while working as a consultant and staying up-to-date on bridal fashion, I’ve picked up some tricks of the trade to share with those of you who have the hourglass figure we all covet. Keep reading for the inside scoop on channeling your inner Marilyn Monroe.

If you want to play up your curves:

If Jessica Rabbit is your style icon, opt for a fitted style. Fit and flare, mermaid, trumpet...whichever style you choose, you will have a wealth of options within the fitted silhouette. A sweetheart neckline accentuates curves at the bust line, while fitting through the hips shows off what your mama gave you. Mori Lee 3207 (left) is a classic fit and flare with beautiful floral lace detailing and a scalloped train. This Allure stunner (center) has a show stopping jewel-encrusted bodice combined with a decadent ruffled bottom. If strapless isn’t your thing, Maggie Sottero’s “Fairchild” (right) featured elbow-length sleeves, an allover alencon lace, and a comfortable jersey knit fabric. Though more relaxed, this style is still fitted in all the right places. 


If you want a slimming effect:

If you’re proud of your curves but don’t want them to be the focus on your wedding day, look for a slimming style. A-line and sheath silhouettes will show off your waistline while making you look long and lean. Bonny Bridal 1623 (left) has a modified A-line shape and features the sweetest floral embroidery and beaded neckline. This satin Stella York 6306 (center) has pretty, subtle detailing on the bodice, a stunning lace train, and every girl’s favorite feature…pockets! Eddy K’s “Sevilla” (right) is a beautiful sheath with bohemian lace and a belt to add sparkle. 


If you need support:

Curves may be a blessing, but they can require your dress to work overtime. If you’re concerned about having adequate support for you bust line, look for straps and structure. House of Wu’s 15607 (left) is a lovely ballgown that has 3D floral detailing and wide straps. Justin Alexander’s 8858 (center) has cap sleeves and layers of lace detailing. This fun and flirty Mori Lee 2805 (right) has a deep enough V to show off your bust line, but also features straps wide enough to provide support. 


Hopefully these gowns provide some inspiration for curvy brides to bring our their inner Beyonce. If you keep up with our blog, you know what I always say. If you feel beautiful on your wedding day, you can’t go wrong. All these dresses are available at Meant to Be, so if you think your wedding gown might be pictured here, book an appointment to come see it in person!